Why weren't the Natives enslaved like the black folks were?

Yes, some Natives were enslaved but not many. Why would the whites prefer to send for black slaves overseas when they had Natives already here? I have heard that Natives werent as easy to enslave. Thoughts?

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  • Ann
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    2 months ago
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    They were! Many of them died of disease that was brought by Europeans that they had never encountered and, therefore, didn't have immunity to. Many of them ran away and were successful at it because they knew the land better than the Europeans. So once the Native population was depleted, Europeans went to Africa for slaves who had been exposed to the diseases the Natives had been dying from and who didn't know the area so they were easily caught if they ran away.

    I'm shocked that so few people know this.

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    • Amber
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      1 month agoReport

      Yes, hardly anyone knows this. Funny thing is we had a training this week and the info you shared was part of our training!

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  • 2 months ago

    Native Americans are too smart to get enslaved by large numbers from White people.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    No-one should ever have been enslaved. We are all human beings with feelings and should all be as free as each other. Every person has something to offer to enhance life for all of us but, sadly, the class system messed that up.  

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    • Ann
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      2 months agoReport

      He didn't ask if slavery was ethical. He asked why Natives were not enslaved.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Racial genetic reasons. Native Americans and Europeans were not as resistant/tolerant of the sun. Natives were also more likely to rebel and start problems.  Africans were viewed as the perfect slave. Africans lived in the desert or hot climates. Africans were viewed as more physically stronger and more resistant to the harsh sun and dehydration. Africans also were viewed as far more submissive than their counterparts. It's a lot harder to enslave people with higher IQs. 

    Did you know that Native Americans also owned Black slaves?

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  • Craig
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    2 months ago

    When the Spanish began to subjugate the Americas at the end of the 1400s, they attempted to force the native Taino people to farm for them.  This led to violence, which led to a harsher approach including massacres and enslavement.  The Spanish didn't win every fight, by any means - many of their settlements were destroyed and had to be re-founded.  However, they persisted and were eventually rewarded with the defeat of the Aztec empire, and access to the gold and silver of central Mexico, in 1521.  At that point, slave labor by natives was already common, but it became wholesale in Mexico in order to support the Spanish mining operations.  By 1528, the Spanish began cultivating and exporting tobacco from the Caribbean islands, which had to be carefully weeded and looked after, was tedious to dry and pack, and also required constant clearing of additional fields.  This created an additional demand for labor, but while the number of slaves needed was increasing, the number of native peoples was rapidly decreasing.

    Meanwhile, the Portuguese got a much later start in settling.  They began in Brazil about the same time as the Spanish finished conquering the Incas in Peru (1532).  However, their initial settlements and exports were modest.  It wasn't until the 1550s that they reorganised and began cultivating, processing, and exporting sugar.  THAT became their GOLD.  Sugar is manpower-intensive, and Portuguese attempts to use native peoples as slaves resulted in the natives who didn't die from European diseases simply withdrawing into the interior.  Since sugar-slaves tend to die off quickly, the Portuguese very soon began enslaving Africans and transplanting them to the sugar plantations of Brazil.  The Africans were not very successful at escaping and surviving in the unfamiliar forests full of by-then-rightly-xenophobic natives.

    The Spanish quickly caught on to the sugar idea, too.  Although they'd found no gold or silver in the Caribbean, the islands and coastal areas COULD grow sugar just as well as Brazil.  While they had better luck capturing and enslaving Taino people for these plantations, the Taino (and all the other native peoples they encountered) had begun dying off from European diseases soon after First Contact, so their numbers were soon inadequate to support the Spanish sugar efforts.  The Spanish immediately imported Africans - and worked them to death in the Mexican mines, the Peruvian mines, and the Caribbean sugar cane and tobacco fields.

    The English started over a century later than the Spanish, but in much the same way.  Enslaved natives did much of the domestic and farm work in both Virginia and New England.  Both English and native slavers collected both natives and Europeans for sale, at first to the English and, later, to Spanish or Portuguese ships that carried them south.  Enslaved natives could not easily fade away into the woods because, unless their own people were nearby, they would likely run into enemy scouts who would either kill them or re-enslave them.  And in many cases, "their own people" were no longer around.  For example, in the 1630s most of the Pequot people of Connecticut were driven off or enslaved by the English, and by the 1670s nearly 40% of surviving native people in colonial New England were enslaved.  Although Africans were first delivered to the English in 1619 in trade for supplies, for use as indentured Christians, their arrival as chattel slaves soon accelerated because the English smuggled tobacco seeds from the Spanish.  (Tobacco cultivation - by slaves - became the English version of GOLD from the Americas.)  Nonetheless, through the 1730s Charleston, South Carolina is believed to have exported more NATIVE slaves than it imported African ones.  Eventually, though, the native deaths due to European diseases - and the departure of most of the survivors for safer lands to the west - created a scarcity that brought the trade in native slaves in North America to an unofficial halt.

    • Ann
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      2 months agoReport

      The Spanish didn't just enslave the Tainos.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because even back then people knew that Africans weren't ever going to amount to much.

    The Natives in the Americas were new group of unknown people, no one knew if they could offer something or not. Spaniards tried to include them at first, but later they realized it was pointless.

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  • 2 months ago

    Natives were self-sufficient and simply didn't want to be around white people or "white civilization".   Sure whites enslaved some Natives, most Natives though would either die from white diseases, choose death over a lifetime of slavery, resist or escape back into their "backyard".  Natives didn't need whites to survive in the Americas, obviously.  To be a slave you will need to depend on a master to survive. 

    Enslave blacks had no choice and were easier to control because they didn't have a "hometown advantage".  Black survival in the Americas had always depended on "white civilization". 

    Some black slaves escaped though, but they survived because they teamed up with Natives (Maroons). 

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  • 2 months ago

    The slave issue involved the "triangle trade", and therefore it was about money. The Natives did not figure into that equation.

    • Ann
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      2 months agoReport

      So oversimplified.

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  • 2 months ago

    because of man made racial hierarchy, and basically COLORISM 

    although natives were seen as inferior, they aren't as dark and weren't see as backward or primitive as black africans, so they probably were slightly above blacks in terms of racial hierarchy 

    if you go to Latin America, natives are in the bottom in social hierarchy, but they are still given the perception of still being slightly better than blacks 

    If you ever read about scientific racism in the west back centuries ago, they were a bunch of pseudoscience that characterized people by race having certain characteristics that were blatantly nothing more than flawed reasoning. 

    although racial caste and hierarchy aren't exactly the same in all cultures, the worldly perception goes that the darker you are, the more inferior you are 

    hell, even blacks in america tend to favor lighter skinned blacks over dark ones, so its sad to say that even blacks discriminate against their own race 

    but the good news is that although racism and colorism is still an issue, the perception is slowly dying away and you are starting to see more darker skinned people being embraced for their beauty and their worth. many white westerners actually seem to think tanning is more attractive so perception can also play a huge part in it 

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  • 2 months ago

    because those who break the law are punished .. and some know better than to break it to begin with, brutes will learn the hard way ......

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